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Former UP MLA Bhagwan Sharma Booked for Cutting Cake on Highway Amid Lockdown

File photo of former UP MLA Bhagwan Sharma. (IANS)

File photo of former UP MLA Bhagwan Sharma. (IANS)

The case was registered against the ex-MLA after a video went viral in which Sharma is seen cutting a cake placed on a car's bonnet with a giant axe in the presence of scores of supporters.

Former MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit has been booked along with over a dozen others for violating lockdown norms.

The case was registered against the former legislator after a video went viral on social media in which Sharma is seen cutting a cake placed on a car's bonnet with a giant axe in the presence of scores of his supporters. The video was streamed live from his Facebook account.

Sharma can be seen cutting a cake placed on the bonnet of a red SUV on the highway. He later puts 'tilak' on a youth's forehead and the cake is distributed among his supporters who raise slogans. None of them is seen wearing a face mask.

Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Santosh Kumar confirmed that the video was shot in Noida on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. He said that an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC for violation of lockdown orders has been registered at Dadri police station in Noida.

Sharma said, "My birthday is on July 10. I was returning to Bulandshahr from Noida as my mother-in-law had passed away. A group of youths were celebrating someone else's birthday. When they spotted me, they came in front of my car. I could not have run them over. They put the cake on the bonnet of my car and requested me to cut it."

Sharma said that he also advised them not to celebrate on the highway and to adhere to the social distancing norms. The former legislator has been booked at least five times in the last two months for flouting lockdown norms.

Last month, he was booked for "luring exhausted migrant labourers by offering them food and beverages" outside his home.